With several hard working volunteers, the Wheeler fire was first started along the downwind side of the field. A long, low flame front was lit along a mowed, fuel-less lane created for this purpose. This downwind "backfire" slowly creeps against the wind, eventually creating a wide and fuel-less "blackline." The mowed, fuel-less lane is about 8' wide and is created to allow people to move into a safe area if the wind should change during the field burn. I should also note that Mr. Blakeman contacted the local authorities before the burn in case any passerby reported a fire at the Wheeler property. 

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